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Two Accused Predator Clergy Taken Off San Francisco Parish Web Site
But Associate Pastor Facing Lawsuit Remains Listed
And Five Other Alleged Molesters Apparently Still Live Nearby
Two Catholic clerics who face child molestation lawsuits have been taken off the website of a San Francisco parish while a third who faces a similar lawsuit remains listed as an associate pastor.
For months (until last Friday), Father Harold Danielson and Brother Ernie Martinez have been working at and have been listed as staff members at Sts. Peter and Paul church in North Beach, with the knowledge and permission of top San Francisco archdiocese officials, according to leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a support group.
Five other Catholic clerics who live near the parish are also named as molesters in pending civil molestation lawsuits. Two of them are convicted sex offenders. All belong to a religious order called the Salesians of Don Bosco. The order was recently the subject of several investigative reports in the Dallas Morning News about church leaders who moved accused predatory priests across national borders to escape prosecution.
Archbishop William Levada has come under fire from for allowing the men to work and live in his archdiocese without warning parishioners.
"To allow these potentially dangerous men to live together in a
densely populated neighborhood without warning others is irresponsible,"
said Terrie Light of Hayward, SNAP Northwestern Regional Coordinator.
"The parishioners and the public deserve more honesty and more protection
Several of them live at the Salesian Provincial House at 1100 Franklin
SNAP is an independent, confidential self-help group of men and women
who have been sexually victimized by clergy.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests